Koroit strengthens its side ahead of a clash against Terang Mortlake

ON THE MARCH: Koroit's Dallas Mooney returns to the Saints side for Saturday's clash against Terang Mortlake. Picture: Rob Gunstone
ON THE MARCH: Koroit's Dallas Mooney returns to the Saints side for Saturday's clash against Terang Mortlake. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Koroit will be bolstered by the return of two premiership stars for its round nine match against an in-form Terang Mortlake.

Damian O'Connor and Dallas Mooney’s return to the Saints line-up is a major win for senior coach Chris McLaren.

“Both are top of the line players and anytime you get a couple of guys back into your team that are some of you best players it definitely helps you,” McLaren said. 

Connor Hinkley returns to TAC Cup duty while injury has forced McLaren to rest James North (hip flexor) from Saturday’s game.

The Bloods welcome back forward Mark Clissold (foot) and Zach Newson at the expense of Isaac Wareham (Rebels) and Sam Crawley.

Injuries and representative selection have forced six players out of Portland’s senior side. Connor Giddings, Tylar Watts and Harris Jennings return to the Rebels while Jesse Murray, David Denboer and Josh Edwards are out with injuries.

Opponent Port Fairy also made some bold changes at the selection table with Jake Hetherington, Kaine Mercovich, Jaise Coleman and key forward Samuel McCartney all out.

Cobden and South Warrnambool have key pillars slotting back into their forward lines for their matches against Camperdown and Warrnambool.

The Bombers welcome back Nick Harding and the Roosters have selected Shannon Beks for Saturday night’s clash with traditional rival Warrnambool under lights at Friendly Societies’ Park. Sam Uwland and Brayden Beks are the teams’ other inclusions. 

Cobden coach Levi Dare (corky) and Jake Evans (foot) will both miss with injury, while South Warrnambool lose Ben Annett and Isaac Thomas to the Rebels.

The Blues and Magpies have made three changes to their sides from last weekend.

North Warrnambool Eagles have made five changes with Sam Slattery, Dylan Parish, Liam Lyons, Tyler Fowler and Samuel Doukas in. The Eagles’ opponent Hamilton Kangaroos have made just one change from Saturday’s victorious side bringing in Jack Hickey for Sam Brewer.